Musicolony, New App for Streaming Music Fans, Begins Crowd Funding

Musicolony, a new social music app, helps music streaming fans listen to and share playlists with friends in real time. Currently in beta re-development, the service includes a larger vision of developing localized “colonies” based in local music scenes.

“Re-coding the site and building in new features, such as the Timbreo sound app, means we need additional funding for staff and overhead,” Cirrus Social Media CEO Doug Williams said. “We want music fans to be part of the site’s fabric because they’ll stick around and help Musicolony grow.” People who want to help crowd fund the site can find the campaign at Indiegogo.

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SiriusXM to Broadcast Private Guns N’ Roses Show at the Apollo Theater

SiriusXM announced today that Guns N’ Roses will perform at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater for a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on Thursday, July 20.

The exclusive SiriusXM concert marks the first time that Guns N’ Roses will perform at the iconic venue. The special event, taking place before the next leg of the band’s North American “Not In This Lifetime” tour, will air live nationwide on SiriusXM’s Guns N’ Roses Radio. The concert will also air live on Howard Stern’s Howard 101 channel.   

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Me, Otis Gibbs, and the Joy of Discovering New Music

I read a post about John Moreland on Bob Lefsetz’s blog. Later, as I surfed Spotify, Moreland’s name popped into my mind, and I pulled up his latest album.

After sampling a few tunes I checked Related Artists; this is one of my favorite features and a helpful road map to a variety of artists I have a) overlooked in the past, b) just hit the scene that I’m not aware of yet, or c) I have just never ever heard of for whatever reason.

A few clicks later, and I am knee-deep into the musical output of Otis Gibbs. I had never heard of Otis Gibbs. I liked the name, so I figured I would check him out.

But now I really like Otis Gibbs!

Sure, I might have eventually caught up with the singer-songwriter via a blog, Twitter post, or whatever, but more likely I would have continued on having never heard of Otis Gibbs.

And that would be too bad for me because I am enjoying his music.

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Music Discovery Platform WAV Makes its Debut

WAV, a Los Angeles-based live streaming music discovery app and artist platform, has officially launched in all major global markets.

The app features exclusive content, such as music videos, docuseries, interviews, and concert footage from both established and emerging artists.

WAV has onboarded dozens of artists from the worlds of hip-hop and dance music, facilitating their use of WAV’s proprietary technology to tell fresh stories in interactive ways. Artists have the opportunity to live stream video content and interact directly with their fans in real-time, all while creating new revenue opportunities – all within the app.

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Pandora Is Building Branded Radio Stations That Offer On-Demand Listening

After unveiling a three-tiered business model in December to compete in music streaming, Pandora is now incorporating parts of its subscription-based Pandora Premium service into advertising units.

Gatorade-owned Propel is launching a campaign today that offers users who listen to fitness-themed stations the chance to listen to a handful of songs on-demand.

Read Article: Adweek

Napster and Rakuten Partner to Grow Music Streaming in Japan

Napster today announced a new partnership with Japanese internet services company Rakuten to enhance Rakuten’s on-demand music streaming service, Rakuten Music.

Napster will deliver song playback and curated playlists from its catalog to Rakuten Music, with a total of over 20 million songs to be added by fall 2017.

The two companies are also working on other collaborations to enhance the features of the Rakuten Music service.

Japan is the world’s second largest music market after the United States. While CDs and other physical formats still dominate the music industry in Japan, streaming services are beginning to gain momentum.

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VOISE, Decentralized Music Platform, Announces Radio DAO

Music platform VOISE has included a new feature to its upcoming music streaming and downloading platform. The new Radio DAO service will allow users to access a constantly streaming music service with a never-ending playlist. While they listen, then can also vote for the songs to be added and ranked on Radio DAO’s playlist.

The VOISE platform is in the process of raising funds through its ongoing crowdsale. The crowdsale involving Voisium (VSM) tokens went live on May 6, 2017, and in about ten days it has garnered over $150,000 in contributions. Investors participating in the crowdsale until May 20, 2017, stand to receive an additional 15% bonus. The crowdsale is part of VOISE’s alpha stage roadmap, which includes exciting developments lined up to follow soon after the ICO.

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